Yesterday I had a program called "User Protection" try to trick me into installing/buying it claiming I was infected. I think we all know the first verse...
I tried some crude brute force methods at first; deleting keys from registry because they had "user protection" in the entry among them. Finally I read thru the instructions on how to remove Paladin Antivirus using Malwarebytes. This was the most effective treatment so far. After running it once it got rid of Paladin. Ran it again and it found a registry entry for "Malware Defense". By the way rkill never seems to kill anything...
So now my main problem is that when I try to reinstall Mcafee the install routine tells me to uninstall the incompatable program "User Protection". The methods suggested to remove it are useless because Add or Remove Programs doesn't even list it. Skipping past this point completes the install but the software won't work.
other issues -
floppy makes awful noise on boot;
first time I run mozilla it asks about default browser
have to trick machine to run antivirus/malware removal tools by renaming.
If someone can help me great. I have no work right now so I have more time to do it myself than money to hire Mcafee.
Posted a proper malware removal request on the proper forum and awaiting reply.
Edited by GlassGoblin, 25 March 2010 - 09:15 AM.